NBA’s Last 2 Minute Report says Patrick Beverley’s sixth foul for Clippers on Rockets’ James Harden was wrong
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley fouled out in the final two minutes of Wednesday’s loss to the Houston Rockets and was not pleased with his sixth foul call, a play which involved James Harden. Less than a day later, the NBA’s final 2-minute report revealed that while Beverley was whistled for a foul, he should not have been.
The NBA's Last 2 Minute Report states that Clippers' guard Patrick Beverley's sixth and final foul was actually not a foul. The foul disqualified one of the best James Harden defenders and gave him 2 free throws in a 2 point game. #Rockets pic.twitter.com/fWikgPDDdW
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 14, 2019
Patrick Beverley dogged Harden for most of Wednesday’s outing, understandably picking up a few fouls in the process. Defenders of the Clippers will note that there is not a whole lot of contact on the above foul, while detractors will note that Harden is a maestro at drawing foul calls from the league’s officiating crews.
Ultimately, Harden finished with 47 points across 44 minutes. There wasn’t much slowing down the league’s two-time reigning scoring champion, who accrued 17 free throws in addition to shooting 7-for-13 from long range.
Beverley made it just 27 minutes on the court, scuffling on the offensive end, shooting 0-for-7 from behind the arc. He did not commit a turnover during his time on the floor, but fouled out for the second time this season.
Known as a tenacious on-ball defender, Patrick Beverley has usually compiled fouls throughout his eight-year NBA career. But through his 11 games of 2019-20, he has averaged 3.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis, which is on pace to set a new career high.
There isn’t much that the league or the Clippers can do about the information released, but it does add intrigue for when the two teams square off next, which comes next Friday in Los Angeles.